Langeberg

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This article is about the mountain range. For the municipality, see Langeberg Local Municipality.
Langeberg
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Landscape of the Langeberg Range near Robertson
Highest point
Peak Keeromsberg
Coordinates 33°33′43″S 19°36′09″E / 33.56194°S 19.60250°E / -33.56194; 19.60250Coordinates: 33°33′43″S 19°36′09″E / 33.56194°S 19.60250°E / -33.56194; 19.60250
Dimensions
Length 250 km (160 mi) NW/SE
Width 20 km (12 mi) NE/SW
Geography
Langeberg is located in South Africa
Langeberg
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Parent range Western Cape System
Geology
Orogeny Cape Fold Belt
Period Paleoproterozoic
Type of rock Sandstone

The Langeberg Range is a mountain range in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Its highest peak is Keeromsberg at 2075m and 15km NE of the town of Worcester. Some of the highest peaks of the range are located just to the north of Swellendam, in a subrange known as the Clock Peaks whose highest point is 1710 m high Misty Point. Local lore states one can tell the time by means of the shadows cast by the seven summits of the Clock Peaks.

The name is Dutch and means "long mountain" [1]

Physiography and geology[edit]

The range runs roughly NW/SE in its western part and in an east-west direction in its mid and eastern section and is approximately 250 km long, from Worcester, past Robertson, Montagu, Swellendam, Heidelberg and Riversdale to the proximity of George. The Langeberg's most westerly point is located 5 km East of the town of Worcester; the range ends some 20 km North of Mossel Bay in the east. [2] The open plains of the Little Karoo border the north of the mountain range, while to the south lies the Agulhas Plain and the Overberg wheatbelt.

The Langeberg Range is composed mostly of Table Mountain Sandstone and the range is part of the Cape Fold Belt.[3]


Ecology[edit]

Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve in the Barrydale area of the Langeberg Range

On the southern slopes of the range mountain fynbos can be found, with Afromontane forest patches found in deep secluded gorges, while on the drier northern slopes karroid scrub is found.[4]

Protected areas[edit]

There are the following protected areas along the range:

Mountain passes[edit]

The range is traversed by four mountain passes, from west to east, they are:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [Dictionary of Southern African Place Names by Dr P.E. Raper]
  2. ^ [Dictionary of Southern African Place Names by Dr P.E. Raper]
  3. ^ The Cape Fold Belt
  4. ^ Swellendam Hiking Guide